Yuputka (Ulwa) – the phantom feeling of something crawling on your skin, like when you're walking alone in the woods
The most common experience of yuputka for me is when I’m lying in bed and suddenly I see a spider, so I jump up and of course, the little bugger disappears. I can never find him, but I have to get back into bed, so I just spend the whole night feeling like I’m being crawled on by ghost spiders.
Zhaghzhagh (Persian) – the chattering of teeth from the cold or from anger
This beautiful onomatopoetic word is the perfect one to describe chattering teeth. Although, do your teeth chatter in rage? Because I would like to see that happen to someone…
Lagom (Swedish) – just right (not too much, not too little)
Goldilocks is perhaps the most high-profile character who was constantly on the search for all things lagom. Although I do think we’re all searching for a little balance and stability in life, no?
Seigneur-terraces (French) – café patrons who sit at the shop for a long time but don't spend much money
Welcome to LA where every single coffee shop is full of Seigneur-terraces who are all working on their screenplays that they are convinced are going to be the next big thing.
Luftmensch (Yiddish) – an impractical dreamer
There are a lot of wonderful Yiddish words that describe things we don’t have words for in English, like meshuggeneh and kvell and oy gevalt. But luftmensch is a good one too.